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King of the Nerds is on fire this season

King of the Nerds is on fire this season
King of the Nerds contestants Raychelle, Katilin, Lilly, and Ben paddle their cardboard boats across a pool. (Photo by Trae Patton/TBS)

King of the Nerds is in the middle of its third season on TBS right now, and it’s better than ever, just incredibly enjoyable competition reality television.

For the not-yet-addicted, I wrote about why you should be watching King of the Nerds for HitFix.

The reasons I listed are pretty much the same things that I’ve loved since I first reviewed the show in 2013, and include its cast, challenges, and strategy. All of its elements have been particularly strong this season: The secret cross-team alliance is smart and interesting, although certainly we’re not talking about even Big Brother-level strategizing here. Once again, the show has been well-cast, with a mix of personalities from sensitive to explosive. (I am going to miss Todd and Ori, who were both simultaneously sympathetic and exasperating characters.)

While the series does a good job with the standard reality competition format, King of the Nerds delivers unexpected moments, from Moby being a self-professed dick of a guest judge to the editors’ playful illustrations of the contestants’ sit-down interviews.

It’s the kind of show I could probably recap week to week, but especially now that it’s on Friday nights, I just like to settle in and watch.

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